Oct 29 (Reuters) – The Biden administration on Friday made a renewed try to finish a Trump-era immigration program that pressured asylum seekers to attend in Mexico for U.S. courtroom hearings, in accordance with a Division of Homeland Safety (DHS) memo previewed by officers.
The administration first ended the Migrant Safety Protocols (MPP) program, informally known as “Remain in Mexico”, earlier this 12 months, however was ordered to restart it by a federal decide, who mentioned it had didn’t observe correct regulatory process.
The U.S. Supreme Court docket in August rejected an effort by the Biden administration to dam the decide’s ruling.
The new memo is complete, DHS officers mentioned on a name with reporters. It “squarely addresses some of the alleged failures of the prior memo,” one of many officers mentioned.
“It takes into account a whole range of new information that’s been made available or that’s occurred since June,” when the earlier memo was issued, one official mentioned. The administration will search to have the courtroom order vacated in mild of the new memo, the officers mentioned.
In the meantime, the Biden administration will proceed to take steps to restart this system by mid-November, to adjust to the decide’s ruling, officers mentioned.
The attainable reinstatement of MPP – even on a short-term foundation – would add to a complicated mixture of U.S. insurance policies in place on the U.S.-Mexico border, the place arrests of migrants crossing into america have hit document highs. The administration mentioned it may solely transfer ahead if Mexico agrees. The DHS officers mentioned Mexico and america are nonetheless in talks.
Mexico’s overseas ministry mentioned earlier this month that it has expressed a “number of concerns” over MPP to U.S. officers, notably round due course of, authorized certainty, entry to authorized support and the protection of migrants.
Reporting by Alexandra Ulmer; modifying by Kristina Cooke and Grant McCool
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